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. >> you brought up children education as a big issue. do you agree with a recent argument that it's a civil rights issue? . i do believe it's a right for us to be educated. it's not a right to demand education from another person. i can't go to you and say i demand you give me education. that's a -- that's not quite -- a civil right as it is something we need to address as a people and as a nation. it is important. i was listening to a speaker who stated that when the -- the department of education was created we were the number one nation for education in the world. now we are down to like in the 20e. that's staggering. the first thing we need to fix is go back to the constitution which doesn't allow for department of education. now this would then put it back on the states to allow what goes on but for me, i believe that the parents and the teachers should have the most -- the largest say in what goes on with the students and how the money goes. this is how we should address at the lowest level instead of top down type of government controlling regulation we have now. >> i hate
. >> we can move on. >> former secretary of state condoleezza rice has called education the civil rights shall you of our day. how would you address it. >> no, i don't agree. even though education isen inher right right, the government has failed to provide it. i believe that the current system that's in place is not working. we need to look at new and inventive ideas and some of the ideas such as looking further into private schools and into charter schools, spending and most importantly allowing parents to choose which school that their children go to instead of being restricted by location, and, timely, i would eliminate the department of education and block grant funds drctsly to the state. >> all right. what do we do with afghanistan? what is the end game? >> i think the game is over. i think we need to bring our troops home, not just from afghanistan and iraq but all around the world. i don't believe that america can -- we can no longer be the world's police force. we need to bring our troops home and concentrate on protecting us at home. >>> is the healthcare reform act really the
. >> former secretary of state condoleezza rice recently referred to education as quote, the civil rights struggle of our day. do you agree with that assessment? if so, how do you address it. >> it's the cred you want to give every single child an equal opportunity to a decent opportunity. they need to be able it go into a good school that's got supplies and materials where there's a qualified teacher in front of every classroom. that costs some money to do on the front end but we get that back in terms of that investment. you have productive sit zens that contribute to the society going forward. i think baltimore is striving to do that. i'm proud of what the efforts have been in this re john and i'll -- region and i'll continue to fight for it. >> what's the end game for afghanistan? >> the end came is to bring our troops home. i would like to see a more aggressive schedule in that. the president has laid out -- i think his schedule is pretty aggressive. we lost a lot of lives, put a lot of money behind. this those are resources, frankly, that can go to support some of these things i jus
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